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Become a leader in nursing by learning to provide advanced acute nursing care to patients with complex conditions

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Quick Facts

Total Credit Hours: 48
Total Clinical Hours: 540
Time to Completion: 30 months*
Tuition: $682 per credit hour**


Online Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The demand for nurses to deliver comprehensive advanced acute nursing care to the adult population is growing rapidly. As an adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, you will use advanced nursing skills to diagnose and create comprehensive holistic treatment plans. Within the advanced practice role of the master of science in nursing program, you will further develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced nursing care across acute care settings, making a positive impact on the health of your patients and communities. Learn more about Husson’s acute care nurse practitioner program below or request more info!


Prepare for a career as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP)

healthcare-program-agacnp.jpegHusson University’s Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate online will prepare you to become a leader in healthcare. You’ll study subjects such as advanced health assessment, physiology and pharmacology. You’ll learn from experienced, practicing faculty – practitioners who share their expertise with you. Our graduate nursing students have achieved a 95% passage rate on national certification exams, demonstrating the delivery of exceptional education in our online AGACNP programs.

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Courses you will take

NU 700 Theories & Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

NU 702 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3)

NU 704 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NU 706 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

NU 708 Socio-Cultural Perception of Addiction & Population Health (3)

NU 710 Advanced Evidence Based Practice (3)

NU 740 Public Health Policy Issues and Challenges (3)

NU 821 Strategy & Analysis of Organizational Process (3)

NU 825 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories I (3)

 -NL 825c Clinical: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories I (3)

NU 827 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories II (3)

 -NL 827c Clinical: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories II (3)

NU 828 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories III (3)

 -NL 828c Clinical: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Theories III (3)

NU 836 Healthcare Information and Technology (3)

NU 840 Nursing Graduate Capstone (3)

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Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected growth rate for nurse practitioners in 45% through 2029, much faster than average for all occupations.

The national median adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) salary is $117,670, per the BLS.

As a licensed acute care nurse practitioner, you can practice in a variety of settings including intensive care, trauma or acute care units in hospitals. You may also work in specialty clinics and longer-term care facilities.

What is an acute care nurse practitioner?

An acute care nurse practitioner cares for patients by providing immediate and significant treatment due to sickness, recovery from surgery, injury, and the management of complicated medical disorders. They have the training to deal with difficult patient situations, assess a patient's urgent health state, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and establish a treatment plan to stabilize a patient.

An acute care nurse practitioner can specialize, too. At one time, an acute care nurse practitioner could get certification in acute care, pediatrics or adult-gerontology acute care. Since 2014, the certification exams have only been available for pediatric or adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners.

Whatever specialty you choose, the primary goal is to provide a broad spectrum of care for patients with acute and complex issues. Nurse practitioners can work in a variety of settings, including emergency rooms, acute care units and trauma settings. They may also find roles in long-term care facilities and urgent care clinics.


What are some of the responsibilities of an AGACNP?

An adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) works with older adults. Their role is to assess the patient’s general health and provide intervention where needed. As these patients are typically older, often the focus is on acute pain management and preventative care.


Where can acute care nurse practitioners work?

Today’s acute care nurse practitioner has a variety of work environments available, including home care, ambulatory care, urgent care, long-term rehab facilities, hospice, emergency room and hospitals. They can be part of a community public health service, as well.


How to become an acute care nurse practitioner

Once you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), you can enter a graduate nursing program to earn a master’s or doctorate. The minimum requirement is a master’s degree. You can earn your advanced nursing degree via in-person classes or online.

Post-Masters APRN Certificate  

Our Post-Masters APRN certificate programs are designed for registered nurses with MSN degrees seeking to develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to practice in another area of advanced practice nursing. Choose from three track options (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and engage in clinical experiences that match your specialty area.

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*Potential for 24-month accelerated track **All rates subject to change

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